Former Texans QB Deshaun Watson to return to Houston for pre-trial depositions

FILE - Cleveland Browns new quarterback Deshaun Watson enters a news conference at the NFL football team's training facility, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Berea, Ohio. Watson's first offseason program with the Cleveland Browns is the first chance for the controversial quarterback to meet new teammates. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File) (Ron Schwane, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – Former Texans player Deshaun Watson is planning to return to Houston Friday to continue his pre-trial deposition during the Cleveland Browns’ offseason program, according to NBC Sports.

Watson and his team chose the team’s weekly off day in the offseason program.

The quarterback is dealing with 22 civil lawsuits from women accusing him of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions.

The three-time Pro Bowl QB has professed his innocence. Two grand juries in Texas have declined to indict him on any criminal charges. However, Watson has been giving depositions in recent weeks.

As part of those civil lawsuits, the women’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, want Watson to answer written “requests for admission” about whether he had sex with the 18 therapists who backed him after the first lawsuits against him were filed in March 2021.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys say the answers would demonstrate a pattern and motives for setting up the massages.

During a hearing, Harris County District Court Judge Rabeea Sultan Collier ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, USA Today said. Watson’s legal team, led by famed attorney Rusty Hardin, asked for the reasoning, but Collier didn’t explain.

Watson also faces discipline from the NFL, which is investigating whether he violated the league’s personal conduct policy. It’s possible he’ll be suspended for part of the 2022 season.

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